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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
McHenry is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 26,740. McHenry is in McHenry County. Living in McHenry offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In McHenry there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in McHenry and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in McHenry are above average.
About McHenry...
Population
26,740

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$179,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,180
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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McHenry Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    93
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    74.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    96.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    896.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    78.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in McHenry

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$72,574
National
$55,322
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I am a African-American and I grew up in Mchenry County for my whole life. I lived in Mcculloum Lake then moved to townhouses in the downtown area by the Riverwalk. I love Mchnery very much but I had to move to West Dundee. There aren't many black people in Mchenry but I never had problems with people in the area. Everybody knows each-other and I love that too. I grew up in the downtown area and I knew everybody and they knew me. I felt safe enough to walk at night and visit other peoples houses. My family has a very good reputation because we don't like drama and we are just a traditional family. I have alot of family memebers in Mchnery and Wonderlake and we love it! There are many things to do in Mchenry like festia days, go swimming in one of the various lakes, go downtown, and way way more! It is a suburb of Chicago but it's pretty far away from the North Side of Chicago. Overall I love my town and will be moving back this year! I love the lake and river house too!
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Towns in the Midwest tend to get a bad rep because there is "nothing to do," and while that may be true compared to a city, there is still so much to explore and enjoy in the town of McHenry.
Over the past few years, McHenry has been booming with small businesses. My high school was in downtown McHenry, and just 4 years ago there wasn't much going on downtown. Now there are growing coffee shops, resale shops, and plenty of unique restaurants that you can only try in McHenry.
Aside from the small businesses, there are plenty of places to explore if you like hiking including Moraine Hills State Park and the McHenry Dam-- along with plenty of other parks in the towns surrounding.
While my hometown isn't perfect, I have seen the growth it has made along side me all these years, and it gives me hope that the town will continue to flourish.
McHenry is a very safe town with a lot to do. There are two high schools that accommodate to all of the students in the town. There is a lot of shopping available with several large groceries stores and a lot of other popular stores. In the recent years, the downtown area has upgraded a lot with the addition of new restaurants and stores to liven up the town. Even though I do sometime wish I lived somewhere else, McHenry is an amazing town to grow up in.